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2012 RIBA Award Winners Announced
Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 |

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2012 RIBA Awards. Honored for architectural excellence are 50 buildings in the UK and 9 buildings elsewhere in the EU. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the building of the year will be drawn from the 59 RIBA Award winners.

Wales Winner 2012: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff - BFLS  (Photo: Joe Clark)

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Wales Winner 2012: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff - BFLS (Photo: Joe Clark)

This year’s winners range from a house in the shape of a sand dune to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, from a demountable opera pavilion to the radical transformation of a Spanish bull-fighting arena. Well-known architects and smaller architecture practices will be battling it out to make it onto this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize short list.

The dominant theme amongst this year’s winners are major public arts buildings – ten of which have made the grade; many are the result of pre-recession arts lottery funding which has a typically long gestation period. The beautifully finished projects include Bath’s Holburne Museum (Eric Parry Architects) and the Hepworth Wakefield (David Chipperfield Architects).

Refreshingly, the vast majority of the 2012 RIBA Awards winners are in regional towns, with awards across all genre types. Two of the UK’s best-loved seaside towns have received surprising new additions to their coastline and, in the case of the Turner Contemporary at Margate, been hailed as a boost to the town’s economy.

This year’s winners reveal a trend which could be termed ‘austerity chic’, with a strong presence of crafted and considered buildings, using carefully selected materials which emphasize texture, authenticity and environmental efficiency. The Brockholes Nature Reserve Visitor Centre in Lancashire is the perfect example of this – a wooden ‘floating village’ designed to enhance our enjoyment of nature and with an enviable energy rating.

Thoughtful stitching-together of the existing urban fabric is another theme - with the clever reuse and reinvention of existing spaces. Impressive examples of this include London’s new Exhibition Road streetscape and Central St Martin’s Campus, while impressive urban projects such as Kevin McCloud’s housing project, The Triangle in Swindon and the new Lyric Theatre in Belfast demonstrate how to make the best use of confined urban spaces.

Following is a small selection of 2012 Award Winners.

Yorkshire Winner 2012: The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield - David Chipperfield Architects (Photo: Iwan Baan)

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Yorkshire Winner 2012: The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield - David Chipperfield Architects (Photo: Iwan Baan)

Scotland Winner 2012: Bogbain Mill, Maryburgh Rural Design (Photo: Andrew Lee)

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Scotland Winner 2012: Bogbain Mill, Maryburgh Rural Design (Photo: Andrew Lee)

East Winner 2012: Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall, Essex - Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture (Photo: Paul Riddell)

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East Winner 2012: Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall, Essex - Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture (Photo: Paul Riddell)

North West Winner 2012: Brockholes Visitor Centre Lancashire Adam Khan Architects (Photo: Ioana Marinescu)

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North West Winner 2012: Brockholes Visitor Centre Lancashire Adam Khan Architects (Photo: Ioana Marinescu)

London Winner 2012: London Olympic Stadium, London E20 - POPULOUS (Photo: London 2012)

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London Winner 2012: London Olympic Stadium, London E20 - POPULOUS (Photo: London 2012)

East Winner 2012: The Dune House, Suffolk - Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects (Photo: Chris Wright)

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East Winner 2012: The Dune House, Suffolk - Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects (Photo: Chris Wright)

East Winner 2012: Interior of the Dune House, Suffolk - Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects (Photo: Chris Wright)

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East Winner 2012: Interior of the Dune House, Suffolk - Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects (Photo: Chris Wright)

Wales Winner 2012: Maggie’s Centre, Swansea Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates with Garber & James (Photo: Thore Garbers)

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Wales Winner 2012: Maggie’s Centre, Swansea Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates with Garber & James (Photo: Thore Garbers)

North Winner 2012: North House Bowden, Roger Stephenson Architects (Photo: Daniel Hopkinson)

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North Winner 2012: North House Bowden, Roger Stephenson Architects (Photo: Daniel Hopkinson)

South Winner 2012: Garsington Opera Pavilion, High - Wycombe Snell Associates (Photo: Dennis Gilbert)

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South Winner 2012: Garsington Opera Pavilion, High - Wycombe Snell Associates (Photo: Dennis Gilbert)

South Winner 2012: Garsington Opera Pavilion, High - Wycombe Snell Associates (Photo: Marcus Dawes)

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South Winner 2012: Garsington Opera Pavilion, High - Wycombe Snell Associates (Photo: Marcus Dawes)

London Winner 2012: The St. Paul’s Centre, St Paul's Church, Hammersmith - Richard Griffiths Architects (Photo: Will Pryce)

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London Winner 2012: The St. Paul’s Centre, St Paul's Church, Hammersmith - Richard Griffiths Architects (Photo: Will Pryce)

South East Winner 2012: Turner Contemporary, Kent - David Chipperfield Architects (Photo: Richard Bryant)

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South East Winner 2012: Turner Contemporary, Kent - David Chipperfield Architects (Photo: Richard Bryant)

North West Winner 2012: Festival House Blackpool dRMM Architects (Photo: Alex de Rijke)

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North West Winner 2012: Festival House Blackpool dRMM Architects (Photo: Alex de Rijke)

London Winner 2012: The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool, London SW6 - David Morley Architects (Photo: Jarosaw Wierczorkiewicz)

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London Winner 2012: The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool, London SW6 - David Morley Architects (Photo: Jarosaw Wierczorkiewicz)

EU Winner 2012: Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain - Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Photo: David Cardelus)

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EU Winner 2012: Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain - Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Photo: David Cardelus)

The 50 UK buildings that have won a RIBA Award are:

SCOTLAND
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Gareth Hoskins Architects
Bogbain Mill ,Maryburgh Rural Design
Dundee Council Civic Office, Dundee Reiach and Hall Architects
Maggie’s Centre, Gartnavel, Glasgow - OMA
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh - Page/Park Architects

NORTHERN IRELAND
Glenariffe House, Glens of Antrim - McGarry-Moon Architects
Lyric Theatre, Belfast - O’Donnell + Tuomey
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast - Todd Architects
Rear Extension to 109 Osbourne Park, Belfast - ard (ciaran mackel) Architects

NORTH EAST
Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough - Medical Architecture
Toffee Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne - xsite architecture

NORTH WEST
Brockholes Visitor Centre Lancashire Adam Khan Architects
Festival House Blackpool dRMM Architects
North House Bowden Roger Stephenson Architects

YORKSHIRE
Kirk Balk Community College, Barnsley - Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Saxton, Leeds - Union North
The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield - David Chipperfield Architects

WALES
Maggie’s Centre, Swansea Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates with Garber & James
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff - BFLS

WEST MIDLANDS
BFI Master Film Store, Warwickshire - Edward Cullinan Architects

EAST MIDLANDS
Caistor Arts & Heritage Centre, Lincolnshire - Jonathan Hendry Architects
Easton Neston Estate, Northamptonshire - Ptolemy Dean Architects
Loughborough Design School, Loughborough - Burwell Deakins Architects

EAST
Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall, Essex - Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture 
Royal Veterinary College Student Village, Hatfield - Hawkins\Brown
The Dune House, Suffolk - Jarmund Vigsnaes Architects & Mole Architects
The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge - Stanton Williams

SOUTH WEST & WESSEX
Private House, Gloucestershire - Found Associates
The Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Bath - Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
The Holburne Museum, Bath - Eric Parry Architects
The Triangle, Swindon Glenn - Howells Architects

SOUTH
Garsington Opera Pavilion, High - Wycombe Snell Associates
The Shulman Auditorium, Oxford - Berman Guedes Stretton
Student Accommodation, Somerville College, Oxford - Niall McLaughlin Architects

SOUTH EAST
McLaren Production Centre, Surrey - Foster + Partners
Turner Contemporary, Kent - David Chipperfield Architects

LONDON
14 St George Street and 50 New Bond Street, London W1S - Eric Parry Architects 
Exhibition Road, London SW7 - Dixon Jones
Dalling Road, London - Hayhurst and Co. in collaboration with Lucy Carmichael
Peabody Avenue, Pimlico, London SW1V - Haworth Tompkins
The St. Paul’s Centre, St Paul's Church, Hammersmith - Richard Griffiths Architects
The Hurlingham Club Outdoor Pool, London SW6 - David Morley Architects
Kings Grove, London SE15 -  Duggan Morris Architects
White Cube, Bermondsey, London SE1 Casper Mueller Kneer Architects
Hackney Marshes Centre London E9 - Stanton Williams
London Olympic Stadium, London E20 - POPULOUS
New Court, London EC4N - OMA with Allies and Morrison
St. Pancras Chambers, London NW1 - RHWL Architects with Richard Griffiths Architects
Henrietta Barnett School, London NW11 - Hopkins Architects
University of the Arts Campus, Central Saint Martins at King's Cross. Phase 1: Granary Complex,  London N1C - Stanton Williams

The 9 RIBA Award buildings in the European Union are:

PJ Carroll’s Factory Dundalk, Ireland - scott tallon walker architects

Wexford County Council Headquarters, Wexford, Ireland - Robin Lee Architecture

Solid 11, Amsterdam, Netherlands - Tony Fretton Architects

Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain - Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Bilbao Arena, Bilbao, Spain - Idom UK

H27D Constance, Germany - Kraus Schoenberg Architects

maison L Yvelines, France - architecturespossibles

Centre Pompidou, Metz, France - Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine Architectes with Gumuchdjian Architects

FCN 2009 Portelle, Italy - M Guiseppina Grasso Cannizzo

The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The prize will be presented on Saturday, October 13.



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